Change of weather is often the cause for sniffs, sore throats, coughs, and sneezing – generally cold attacks. Cold is also accompanied with temperature, body aches, dull head or headaches and feeling of lethargy. Prescribed medicines or OTC medicines can help but have you ever considered the medicines available in your kitchen? That is right; there is plenty in your kitchen to deal with such ailments like a cold.
A cold and cough can upset your life schedule; if you are a working person you can be sure your colleagues will be wary of getting infected with this uncomfortable condition. If you are a mother or a student, you get irritated at the slightest pretext, lose control, and become completely un-focused.
Nothing seems right and you constantly have the feeling your world is tumbling down. Relax! Deal with the ‘enemy’ at the onset and set yourself free from its clutches, so to speak.
- The Indian kitchen or for that matter kitchens all over the world are sure to have the following remedial herbs. Each one of these is practically used in our everyday cooking, or occasional cooking. It is time to give them a second thought and see their importance as sources for natural remedies.
- Cinnamon powder with honey works great to cure colds; mix a gram of cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of honey and have it once a day. You will soon see its effects as the lightness comes back in your life.
- A special tea mixed with a little ginger, bay leaf, clove and black pepper is another home remedies for colds. At the beginning of your sniffing and sneezes, sip a cup of this special tea every morning and evening. You can reduce it to once a day as the cold subsides and then stop after you are completely cured.
- Another tea is good for colds – boil water and drop into it a few pieces of ginger sliced into small sizes. Boil the concoction for a couple of minutes and then add sugar and milk and drink the tea while it is still hot. The result is quite amazing.
- A dry cough can be dealt with turmeric or haldi, cardamom and honey – ingredients always found in a kitchen. Take a teaspoon of honey mixed with a gram of dry haldi powder and you will find great relief. Alternatively, you could chew on some cardamom pieces for sometime – best to keep them in your mouth like gum. Keep munching from time to time, so the cardamom juice flows continuously down your throat.
- Now here is a cool drink for your sore throat and common cold made with common kitchen ingredients – boil a glass of water and add one tea spoon of cumin seeds or jeera and a few small pieces of ginger to it. Put the fire on slow and let this concoction be on simmering heat for sometime; now cool the liquid to room temperature. This is enough to have twice a day; prepare a fresh mixture the next day and consume it in two installments.
- A blocked nose can really put you off and if the required inhalers are not around, look in your kitchen. Ajwain or carom seeds are often to be found in a regular kitchen – crush some of it and tie in clean cloth. Now deeply inhale the strong ajwain scent – it just blows away all the blockades and you can breath freely again.
Tips and Warnings
- Just be careful to follow the measures given, although these natural herbs do not have any adverse effects, you may dislike the taste of some of them. Incase the condition persists; you may be coming down with flu and should immediately see a doctor.
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